Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Allen County Public Library Historical Texts on the Internet Archive

Surely by now you know of the Internet Archive...a great place to read and download out-of-copyright historical texts, as well as access obsolete websites.

And surely by now--as a genealogist--you have heard of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which has one of the largest genealogical collections on the continent.

But did you know that many of these historical and genealogical texts from ACPL are being scanned and uploaded to the Internet Archive, so that the public can view them for free? You may not be able to take a trip to Fort Wayne, but you can visit via the power of the World Wide Web!

AND...you can set up a feed on your feed aggregate such as Google Reader, Bloglines, etc. to view each and every book that is uploaded to the Internet Archive from the ACPL!  The feed link is here. (New to Google Reader or Bloglines? There are wonderful online free video tutorials for each which you can view here or here.)

Since adding this feed to my Google Reader, I have come across several genealogical books about my family lines, including one on Elder John Strong of Massachusetts. As the webmaster for the Online Historical Directories website, I can also keep an eye on historical directories that get uploaded.

Try it out!

Thanks to Taneya Koonce of Taneya's Genealogy Blog, who has been so faithful in sending me links to online directories at the Internet Archive!
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